May 16, 2006


Tom Morris[Edit][Delete]: iBeebSpacr 2.0, May 16, 2006
[link: Hits] Tom Morris comments on the BBC's widely publicized plan to embrace Web 2.0 technologies: "What the BBC don't seem to understand is that user-generated content is happening all around them, and that we don't need 'BBC Blogs' or 'BBC Flickr' or 'BBC YouTube' for that to happen." Quite right, and as Catherine Howell observes in her follow-up to her" post, "we don't need institutional versions of them, squirrelled away in a CMS, either." She goes on to observe that "For the older academics, identity is protected through restricting access to it; by using the language of privacy and confidentiality to talk about it; by preferring password-protected environments. For the younger students, identity is protected by becoming your own publisher and marketer." [Tags: , , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Kathleen Gilroy and Bill Ives[Edit][Delete]: Preparing for Intranet 2.0, the otter group [Edit][Delete] May 16, 2006
[link: Hits] Good paper showing how web 2.0 technologies (and especially blogging) can be used in a corporate context. Contains one of the best one-paragraph descriptions of a learning network I've seen: "A learning network uses the intranet as a platform to tie together a set of services that support collaboration and communication, and it uses the web 2.0 tools we ve described so far. Learning networks make information in networked databases easy to access and to combine and display in new ways." [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: A Weekend Reflection: Jodie Foster, Eminem, Middle School Cheerleaders, think:lab [Edit][Delete] May 16, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] I have always liked Jodie Foster, but maybe that's just an appearance thing. And I've always liked Eminem, and that's a lyrics thing. Like this:

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

And this is what Jodie Foster liked, and what Christian Long thought about as he watched inner city kids holding a car wash to pay for cheerleader uniforms. "Like the young girls in the parking lot running the car wash to raise funds for cheerleading uniforms to blance the socio-economic scale a bit, like all the rest of us who push day after day for something that sometimes comes only in a 'whisper' in our guts. A guy who is often derided for his politics. For his lyrics. For his social influence." And as he so rightly says, it is this that we have to convey to our students. And I would add - the only way to convery it, is to live it ourselves.

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

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Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Directory of Australian Edubloggers, May 16, 2006
[link: Hits] This site is a listing of all known Australian educators who have blogs or podcasts. Currently there are 31. Via Jo McLeay. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Andy Carvin[Edit][Delete]: Eszter Hargittai on What College Students Actually Do Online, May 16, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting though brief summary of what (American) students actually do online. Interesting: "When asked how often students visit blogs, 29.1 percent visit personal blogs of friends and family on a daily basis, with 60 percent doing it sometimes. Interestingly, the least likely category of blogs they access are political blogs, even though these are the blogs emphasized in mainstream media." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Karp[Edit][Delete]: Live Blogging at Mesh, Publishing 2.0 [Edit][Delete] May 16, 2006
[link: Hits] Good summary of the discussion at Mesh, a media and Web 2.0 conference being held in Toronto yesterday and today, with presentations from Om Malik and Michael Geist. A lot of short information nuggets, not all of which ring true, but which are certainly worth a read. This is probably right: "There's a lot of value in advertising to small, pure, targeted audiences -- an extension of Google's AdWords. The value of blogging is in promoting other businesses." [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: There's No Such Thing as a Learning Object, ELearn Magazine [Edit][Delete]Elearn Magazine [Edit][Delete] May 16, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Michael Feldstein succinctly captures the problem with learning objects: "I believe the term 'learning object' has become harmful. It hides the same old, bad lecture model behind a sexy buzz phrase.... We learn by doing. We consider. We compare. We measure, discuss, debate, critique, test, and explore. We try, fail, and try again. Learning is an activity. It's a process. Given this undeniable fact, the term 'learning object' can only be an oxymoron. An object is a thing. We don't learn from things. We learn from doing things." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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